Italian branded motorcycle maker Moto Morini presented the upcoming X-Cape 2022 adventure bike at EICMA 2021. There’s a lot to be expected from this bike, especially compared to mid-weight ADVs like the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and the Aprilia Tuareg 660. Here’s what we can expect from Moto Morini’s next adventure bike.
For starters, a glance at the X-Cape clearly shows that this bike was designed for rally racing. The rugged adventure, which Moto Morini says will be 100% made in Italy, looks set to tackle the stages of the Dakar rally right out of the box. It gets an aggressive body and a high position thanks to a long-travel suspension. Much like other off-road adventure bikes, the X-Cape benefits from neutral ergonomics that aim to give the rider ample leverage to tackle technical sections of road and off-road terrain. It features a six-point adjustable handlebars, for the perfect fit for a variety of riders.
At the heart of the X-Cape 2022 is a liquid-cooled 649cc parallel-twin engine with an output of 59 horsepower, which puts it at a slight disadvantage compared to its similar cube competitors. However, it makes up for that lack of power with off-road-ready Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires shod on 19-inch and 17-inch front and rear wheels, respectively. On the suspension side, the X-Cape has quite impressive hardware. There are fully adjustable shocks front and rear, made up of sturdy 50mm inverted forks cared for by Italian suspension experts Marzocchi. The rear suspension also features adjustable preload and rebound.
Information is displayed visibly and readable via a large color TFT display and even offers customization options using four different graphic styles. It is also equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to pair your smartphone and integrate a Bluetooth communicator at the same time. It also serves as a control module for electronic bike features such as a tire pressure sensor and switchable ABS.
The new Moto Morini X-Cape is expected to arrive in European showrooms in 2022 and will come in three colorways: Red Passion, Carrera White and Smoky Anthracite. It will be available both in the standard version and in a restricted version conforming to the A2 standard for apprentice riders, which can then be unlimited once the rider has obtained a full license.